Coffee + Newy
Newcastle (Newy) is where I like to live when I’m back in Australia. Whether you call it a small city, or a big beach town, this is still up for debate. What isn’t for debate is that Newy boasts some of Australia’s best beaches and has numerous cafes offering great coffee. There are shift workers galore due to multiple large hospitals, a big university population, and the surrounding mine sites. Because of this, there is a lively midday crowd who all like to drink coffee. One of the things I love about Newy is that each of the suburbs are self-sufficient. You don’t need to venture into the city to get a good coffee, see live music, or have a beer.
So with all these cafes I bet you want to know where to get the best coffee in Newcastle? Read on to discover my top locations.
Having been around for a couple of years now, Corner Lane is a favourite for many Novocastrians. The staff are super friendly and will remember your order after only a few visits. Unfortunately for me, this is not my local and a bit of a drive for me to get here. This being so, I still manage to get down there once or twice a week for my caffeine fix while I do some work.
There is a separate room from the espresso bar with two large tables and a bar bench as well as a few outdoor seating tables. A perfect location for people who work online and want a quiet location as well as free wifi. If you are looking for a bite to eat, they offer a few sandwich options and delicious pastries and sweets. Don’t be surprised if you get distracted by the cute puppies that frequent the cafe.
Address: 1/15 Alma Road, New Lambton
Phone: (02) 4952 9593
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 6.30 am – 3 pm and Sunday 8 am – 12 pm
I’d been trying to make it to Browny’s since returning to Newy over three weeks ago. One of my housemates is a big fan of the coffee here and yesterday I was able to understand why. Browny’s coffee is super strong and full of flavour, using a double ristretto for each cup ordered. Yesterday the coffee snob in me decided that this is my new no. 1 place in Newcastle. Not only is it amazing coffee, Browny is a hoot. Rocking the long mullet, and although I did not have the pleasure of witnessing this, I have heard he is also known to pull off the denim vest sans shirt. You’ll be able to have a laugh and a good chat while waiting for your coffee.
On entering you immediately have Browny’s espresso machine to your right with a few bar-style seats on your left. A literal hole in the wall makes this your quick pit-stop for caffeination en-route to work and other commitments. The 876 shop-front is shared with a vintage clothing store as well as Pushing Pansies florist. Having only been around a few months make sure you stop in here to experience for yourself.
Address: 876 Hunter Street, Newcastle West
Hours: Mon to Sat, 7.30 am – 2.30 pm
The first day I visited Mr. Sister, I must have scared the staff with my excitement. I have been looking for lactose-free milk all over Newcastle. Nowhere offers the lactose removed milk, only alternative milk options like soy, coconut and almond. Coffee just does not taste the same on those, so I put up with stomach pains to drink delicious coffee.
Not only does Mr. Sister have lactose free milk, they also offer cold drip and pour over coffee. The one downside to this amazing place is that they are located within Kotara shopping centre. I guess thinking of the positives, it’s the first time I have had a decent coffee while in a mall. You can also pick up gluten free treats to enjoy with your coffee.
Address: Westfields Kotara, next to Factorie on L2
Phone: (02) 4957 8542
Hours: Mon to Wed and Fri 8 am – 5.30 pm, Thurs 8 am – 9 pm, Sat 8 am – 5 pm and Sun 9 am to 4 pm
Where to even begin with these guys. Hal and Kristy are SO friendly. They are a wealth of knowledge on the coffee topic and love to share with people who are interested. Don’t worry, if you just want to grab an incredible coffee, they are not the type to push that information on you either. Another great thing about Esther C. is they are open until mid-afternoon on Sundays. When all my usual places were closed one Sunday that was how I discovered them.
While being a relatively new place to the Newcastle coffee scene these guys are blowing up and for good reason. There’s a lot of love in each cup, great decor – check out the oars from a local artist and yummy snacks and treats. Make sure you try the cold drip and don’t forget your dog! They love your furry friends.
Address: 140 Glebe Road, Merewether
Phone: (02) 4048 0975
Mon to Sun, 7 am – 3 pm
The Bank Corner is down a side street just outside the heart of Newcastle. Before you reach the cafe you can already tell how great this place will be. With tables built around trees, yarn bombed street poles and eco-friendly bike parking. They’re unpretentious and welcome everybody with a smile.
The consistency of their coffee is one of the reasons I have been returning here for years. Although the front street area is very appealing, don’t forget to take a peek into the courtyard. You’ll feel like you have stepped into a European city. As well as coffee, these guys host live music events and serve Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and all snacks in between.
Address: 2 Bellevue St, Newcastle
Phone: (02) 4906 1944
Hours: Mon to Fri, 7 am – 4 pm, Sat and Sun 8 am – 3 pm and 5 pm to midnight. Fri night 6 pm – midnight.